Keystone Media Awards – Professional

Keystone Media Awards – Professional


Contest open - deadline to enter is January 31


Harrisburg, PA


PNA Foundation




Keystone Media Awards

The Keystone Media Awards reinforce excellence by individuals in the news media profession, by recognizing journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity, and initiative in serving readers and audiences, and faithfully fulfills its First Amendment rights/responsibilities. Further, the Keystone Media Awards stimulate journalists to improve their craft and ultimately improve their community.

Entries are now being accepted in the 2020 Professional Keystone Media Awards contest! Deadline to submit entries and online payments is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, January 31, 2020. Mail-in or call-in payments must be received by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2020.

NOTE: If your news media company is not currently listed in the contest system drop down menu, or your circulation division is listed incorrectly, email the PNA Foundation.

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Winners will be announced by mid-April.  Awards will be presented at the Keystone Media Awards Celebration on Saturday, May 30, 2020, in Harrisburg.

Plaques will be provided to all first-place winners in attendance at the awards banquet. All second-place and honorable mention winners will receive a certificate suitable for framing.  Following the banquet, certificates will be mailed to winners not in attendance.

Plaque Order Form

Questions? Email the PNA Foundation or phone (717) 703-3003.

Helpful Tip

Save entries throughout the year! To avoid the frantic rush during next year’s contest period, we recommend that you save your potential entries in a special file on your computer, or create a MyScrapbooks page through the BetterBNC website. Then when contest time rolls around, you simply search that file for your best work!

2020 Professional Keystone Media Awards Contest Rules 2020 Professional Keystone Media Awards Categories

PLEASE NOTE!!  The Keystone Press Awards and the PAPME News Excellence Awards have been merged into one contest.  Beginning in 2020, there is only one contest – the Keystone Media Awards – to enter, featuring categories pulled from both contests as well as the AP Broadcast Awards.  All entries must be submitted through the Keystone Media Awards online system.

The combined contest is a result of the merger of two organizations, PSNE and PAPME.  As was announced at the 2019 PA Press Conference banquets, the Pennsylvania Society of News Editors and the Pennsylvania Associated Press Media Editors have joined their two organizations into one: the Pennsylvania News Leaders Association, a committee of PNA.  Going forward, this group of editors will assist the PNA Foundation with the Keystone Media Awards.

New this year:  Revised circulation divisions, new broadcast divisions and new/revised categories!  Please be sure to read through the contest rules and category descriptions.

Past Winners